Tweeter? I hardly know’er!

As loud as I am, I don’t really participate with the tweeting and twittering. I know very surprising. I saw it as a place where my friends overshare their feelings or post ambiguous shady tweets that makes you second guess if you did something wrong. For that reason, I reserved myself from twitter.

BUT participating in the Education Twitter chat really expanded my perspective on the platform. Who knew it could be so inclusive, helpful, and accessible.

I found out that the key to using Twitter is to follow who you want to hear from. Being in this Ed Tech community has exposed me to so much material and tools for my professional development. Even though I appreciate everyone’s thoughts, I do find it difficult to share mine. I guess I’m shy. But I really love being part of this little community and continue to a path where I can actively participate and banish my Twitter shyness!

The Print in Printmaking

Last week was all about etching and preparing the tools to make the print. This week I finally got to print some copies and get results.

In my previous post you can see how I went from a normal sheet of copper to a copper with an engraved design. this week Inked that copper and printed it!

In the intaglio process, the ink is embedded into the little grooves of the plates. you do this by smearing ink onto the plate and by using a tarlatan we clean and take away the excess ink.

GIF from the MET

We then put the plate, damped paper, and sheets of felts. Soaking the paper allows it to expand and become more willing to catch the ink in the little grooves on the copper sheet. The felts are there to soften the rolling process, relieving some stress on the expensive metal roller.

Here are the final results! Next week I will be dabbling into Photo Etching where I will transfer an image to a copper plate so it can be printable on the roller!

She’s Crazy…CraZy gOod!

Cassie Stephens

This is an appreciation post for Cassie Stephens! The first person who have i thought of when choosing who to follow on my Feedly is none other the Cassie Stephens.

She is a well-educated woman who earned a BA in Art Education and a BFA in painting from Indiana University. She has taught for 20 years and has been in many different elementary schools in Tennessee. She has published books that have been celebrated in the world of Art Education –Clay Lab for Kids: 52 Projects to Make, Model, and Mold with Air-Dry, Polymer, and Homemade Clay. I follow her YouTubeFacebookTwitterInstagram as well as her blog

Cassie Stephens is a DYNAMITE in the Arts Ed community. She has been such an inspiration and a source of amazing, fun, and beautiful art activities and projects! Her blog contains endless amounts of projects for students in elementary to high school really. Art teachers usually have a copious amount of art materials and tools that we use for a specific project that we won’t know what to do with after. But a quick search in Cassie’s blog will give you continuous inspiration. Not only are her lessons vibrant and fun but they are also inclusive and subtly talk about topics that might be hard to incorporate in the elementary art classroom but she does it!

Her blog and YouTube channel also contain these lessons and projects in action. She posts various videos that are so helpful to an inexperienced teacher like me. I found her video on how to teach kindergartens how to hold and use brushes. you would think this is a simple matter but Kindergartens are BEASTS and they should not be underestimated. They will destroy everything including your brushes if not taught properly. Thankfully Cassie’s videos helped me saved my brushes as well as my internship.

These routines and protocols that she sets up in her classroom are gold to someone like me who is still unsure about setting up an art classroom. The little procedures and behavior managements that she includes in her posts and videos are pure diamonds that I am completely stealing.

Not only are her posts fabulous but so are her FASHIONS. To be honest I was first drawn to her because of her amazing fashions! She is the art teacher that everyone wants! Please do yourself a favor and flip through these amazing LOOKS! These pictures are taken from Instagram @cassie_stephens

Intaglio is just Italian for “Engraved”

James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903). Black Lion Wharf (detail), 1859.The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Etch who?
I'm sorry, did you sneeze? Bless you.

The process of Intaglio is to etch marks on a piece of copper using acid. I know kind of hardcore for art but it’s less intense than you think. Here are the basic tools and materials that are used in Intaglio Print Making.

Image by Liz Zanis from The MET

Materials and tools include:

  • Tarlatan (Starch Dried Cheesecloth)
  • Hardground (Wax Material)
  • Copper Plate
  • Various Etching tools to make different marks

But now you are asking, “A copper plate? How much would a flat piece of metal that will only be used for one project cost?”. Well thank you for asking a weirdly specific question but the answer is a lot. I did not expect a copper plate to cost 40 dollars. Save you pennies, folks! This week I started with the first few steps into the Intaglio process. Before engraving and etching, your very expensive copper plate needs to be polished first. even though it’s very expensive, the plate could have scuffs and scratches from packaging and transportation that would hinder your design if not polished!

After prepping the plate the next step is to cover the plate in a thin layer of wax. This layer of wax will be used as a protective layer allowing the acid to engrave marks only where we want it to.

Gif by Liz Zanis from The MET

After covering the plate in wax you can then take your various mark-making tools and start drawing. I do have to keep in mind that everything that I draw will be flipped. so if you plan on having words, they will need to be flipped in order for them to be readable in the end.

Gif by Liz Zanis  from The MET

After etching your design, the whole plate will then be submerged in acid. by etching away the acid, those marks will be exposed to the acid which will eat away at the copper. this will make engraved marks that will trap ink later on. The longer you leave the plate in the acid, the deeper the marks will become.

Gif by Liz Zanis from The MET

After an hour the plate will incur the engraved marks! The last step will be to clean the plate and get it ready for printing.

Gif by Liz Zanis from The MET

This is what my designs look like and how the plate turned out! Next week I will be posting about the actual printing process and hopefully have some prints to post!

First Impressions

Landscape with a Cottage and a Haybarn by Rembrandt, 1641

As an art teacher I am always trying to learn various ways of art making. During my internship I taught the very basics of print making and the students really enjoyed it. So, I want to learn more about print making and be able to teach it in a more accurate and elaborate way.

Print Making is a form of art defined when a tool makes an impression on a surface, which explains the genius in my title. The MET explains it as an “artistic process based on the principle of transferring images from a matrix onto another surface, most often paper or fabric.”  Theres many different print making that exists, some of them include: Screen Print, Lithograph and Woodcut. Each technique follow the same principle but vary on over all aesthetic and process.

I am in a printmaking class this semester which allows me to access the big heavy duty tools and machinery that is required in the process of print making. Thanks to the pandemic, many of the lectures and demonstrations on printmaking will be available online! The techniques that I will be tackling is Intaglio and a more modern version of Woodcut which is Lino. I will explain and go more in depth about these specific techniques in my future postsI plan to introduce my projects and document my progress and process, including what I have learn each week, so stay tuned!

Thank you for reading!

Hello, My Name is Inigo Montoya.

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Hello, My name is Van Gonzales and I’m trying. I don’t actually know where the Inigo Montoya reference comes from so please feel free to let me know in the comments. I currently reside in Regina Saskatchewan and am in the process of becoming amazing. I feel that it is important for you to know that I am just an ordinary person with a blessed heart. Although, I do bite my ice cream, so do what you will with that information.

I am a 4th year Arts Education Student with a concentration in Visual Arts but this will be my first Ed Tech class. Experiencing your internship during a pandemic is struggle but quickly allows you to be familiar with teaching online. But I am no means an expert. Even though I am technically a Gen Z I still don’t know what I am doing, with technology or in general.

I have never given blogging a proper go before but I am excited to try. I am also relived to know that this blogging experience don’t require academic writing which I’m planning to take full advantage of.

If you would like to follow my associated twitter account click here or here or this one. I also have an Instagram!

Anyway, thank you for getting at the end of this post. Come back next week and see if I post anything interesting!